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Full text of "A hermit in the Himalayas"

A   HERMIT   IN   THE   HIMALAYAS

opportunity to reconstruct your existence on a finer basis, a proper
basis—on those qualities  that  ought  to endure.  Conquer your
difficulties in the mind first, and then they too will gradually reshape
themselves in external circumstances anew. Let each sorrow, when
it comes; be the starting point for a diviner kind of life. You are
made in God's image—oh yes, deep inside you really are—then
live'up to it. When you refuse to recognize the evil in another
person or in a set of circumstances, you diminish its power to affect
you. Make of your trouble a means of looking at life from a fresh
angle and think about it in a stronger way, a positive way. Be
without bitterness concerning that which might have been; rebellion
cannot help you; wise resignation may. Begin afresh, by becoming a
fresh personality. Try, thus, to disarm destiny. ^Make a list of the
things you still possess, both material and spiritual; and you will
see that you are not really lost. At the very worst, you will be lost
only when you lose all hope, all courage, all trust in the divine
healing powers that rule us. The agony of letting go of things is
great, yes, but the agony of letting go of hope is greater. Do not
submit to that; it is uncalled for. God still exists and He still cares. I
assure you I have earned the right to write that last sentence, for I
have earned it in anguish as keen as your own.**

And now I must take my little typewriter out of its much-
travelled case and begin to tap out replies,, a few, for I lack time to
write more. There are other people with whom an inner voice that
must be obeyed debars all communication: it has ample reasons for
thus commanding me and time generally gives striking endorse-
ments of its vetoes. I do not always know why I should obey, for the
deeper mind possesses reasons of its own, yet I obey. Malignant
critics, for instance, are best answered by silence. Thus one opens no
channel of comnuinication with those hostile invisible sources which
use them as their unconscious tools. Malignity must be met by
fearlessness, but that is not to say that it need be met by foolishness.
When Jesus told his followers to be as harmless as doves but as
shrewd as serpents, He knew well the existence of those dark evil
powers.

There are others who make impossible demands upon my
limited time and energy. Their .answer, too, is blank silence. They
will misunderstand, of course, good people although they may be,
but I cannot cram forty-eight hours into twenty-four.

One gets also the usual crop of begging letters, for the world—
particularly the Indian world—always imagines that wealth is a
necessary accompaniment of fame. It never dreams that poverty
may Sometimes be fame's shabby sister. Others ask glibly for a
complete set of my books free. They are under the illusion that an
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